We are the Patricio family, party of four. ‘Daddy’ - DJ, ‘Momma’ - Amber, 5 year old Luca and 2 year old Novella. I think it’s fair to say our homeschool journey started in about 2008, at least the dream of it. After Luca turned one, I had a God calling...a real tug on the heartstrings about a future in homeschooling for our family. At the time, I was only a year out of my public school teaching career, but know indefinitely I had no plan to extend my contract and return to the public school system. I thought about private school...for a brief moment, but the expense being one factor and turning away from an obvious direction the Lord was calling me to follow being the main factor. God entrusting our children to us is a enormous responsibility and the calling to raise them in the faith and admonition of the Lord, wow!
This is bound to be one amazing journey.
Even in early doubts of our ability, (can we really do this??!!) my thoughts raced with all of the edification we needed. Who would know our children better than we did, their strengths & weaknesses, learning styles and passions? Isn't it our responsibility as parents to raise our children, and doesn’t that parenting then translate to teaching....ahhh, yes! It was all beginning to make perfect sense. This is what I was called to do! This is why I spent years as a child setting up “classrooms” for my brothers and sisters, all in God’s loving sense of humor was he setting me up for the plans He had for me.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11)
I began to read everything I could get my hands on about homeschooling (over 30 books in the last 3 years!)...but then the fear set back in...how will I convince my husband? What will our families think? Our friends? Will our son be labeled “weird”?
and here’s where the “Hallelujahs” began pouring in.
Fear #1 - Husband...unbelievably and amazingly had no case to persuade. He was on board and supportive from Day 1! I am one blessed Momma.
Fear #2 - Family & Friends...welcome to our blog! We hope you will enjoy a peek into our journey and pray for your love and support. We will need it!
Fear #3 - labeled “weird”? Well...that is ok with us. Looking around at society today, and more scarily looking into the schools is a continual reminder of the responsibility we carry to expose our children to a different environment, especially in their younger and impressionable years. Can we help them avoid the bullying, peer-dependency, early exposure to alcohol & drugs, violence, sexual experimentation, disrespect for adults?... the list goes on. We cannot shelter our children from the real world, but we can better equip them to handle what they will face through a strong upbringing in the faith, morality and values that cannot be taught in school.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
So back to the ‘weird’...bring it on. I’m up for raising world-changers!